Lady Bucs Prepare For Their First Home Game of the Season Against SoCon Foe Wofford
Lady Bucs Prepare For Their First Home Game of the Season Against SoCon Foe Wofford
Friday, December 29, 2000

East Tennessee State Lady Bucs (1-9, 1-0) vs. Wofford Lady Terriers (4-5, 0-1)

Memorial Center (13,000)

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, Johnson City, Tenn.

The Last Time Out: Junior guard Erin Thurman had the game-tying three-point attempt stripped away from her as the final buzzer sounded and Coastal Carolina slipped away with a thrilling 74-71 victory over the Lady Bucs Wednesday night from Kimbel Arena in Conway, S.C. ... The Lady Bucs had four players score in double figures, led by Thurman's 17. Freshman Racquel Ellis (13), junior Misty Copas (12) and freshman Lauren Trantham (10) also scored in double-digits for ETSU. Copas also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

The Lady Bucs Against the Lady Terriers: The Lady Bucs are 5-1 all-time against Wofford and also 5-1 in the Coach Kemp era ... The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 6, 2000 as the Lady Bucs downed the Lady Terriers, 73-59 ... Guard Angie Fickes reached a milestone with her 13-point performance in the Lady Bucs' win in the Memorial Center ... Fickes became the 11th player in ETSU women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau ... Center Erica Babb led ETSU with game-highs in points (21) and rebounds (12) ... It was Fickes' 100th career start and 101st career game ... Forward Shawn Thompson celebrated her 100th career game with six points and nine rebounds ... She moved into ninth place on the All-Time Rebounding list with 633.

Home Court Advantage: In the regime of ETSU head coach Karen Kemp, the Lady Bucs have a 44-21 home record including a 10-0 home season in 1994-95 and a 10-1 home record last season .. The only loss coming to SoCon regular-season champion Chattanooga ... In each of the last five seasons, the Lady Bucs' home record has improved:

1995-96: 4-7

1996-97: 5-6

1997-98: 6-6

1998-99: 9-1

1999-00: 10-1

Home Sweet Dome: The Lady Bucs' moved their home territory this season from Brooks Gym to the Memorial Center ... The Lady Bucs' however will play one game in Brooks Gym this season, Jan. 24 against Furman.

SoCon Player of the Week: Senior guard Chris Forman was named the Southern Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 12 ... It was the Lady Bucs' first such honor of the season.

Trantham Off To a Hot Start: Freshman forward Lauren Trantham has led the Lady Bucs in rebounding in seven of her first ten collegiate contests ... She also led ETSU in scoring with 11 points in their game against Memphis in the first round of the Lady Tiger Classic on Nov. 24 ... She registered back-to-back double-doubles in both games of the Lady Tiger Classic.

SoCon Leaders: Senior guard Chris Forman/b> is ranked 11th in the Southern Conference with 12.2 points per game ... She is also second in three-pointers made per game (2.17 pg) and is third in three-point shooting percentage (.447) ... Freshman forward Lauren Trantham is ranked fourth in the Southern Conference in rebounding with 7.6 per game ... Trantham is also second in offensive rebounding (3.5 pg) and eleventh in defensive rebounding (4.3 pg) ... Junior guard Erin Thurman is third in the conference with 2.0 three-pointers per game ... Freshman guard Racquel Ellis is tenth in the conference with 4.0 assists per game.

Success in High Numbers: Last winter, the Lady Bucs were 13-2 when scoring 70-or-more points; 9-0 when scoring 80-or-more points ... The Lady Bucs were 7-1 when scoring 80-or-more points and 14-3 when scoirng 70-or-more points in 1998-99.

The Head Coach: Seventh-year head coach Karen Kemp has compiled a 84-93 (.475) record at ETSU ... She is the second winningest coach in Lady Buc basketball history and trails first-place Susan Yow by 35 victories ... Kemp passed former coach Debbie Richardson for second place on the all-time list with a 90-63 win over Western Carolina on February 22, 2000.

The Lady Bucs on the Airwaves: The Lady Bucs' January 2nd game against Chattanooga will be televised live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast at 5:00 p.m. ... It is a part of an ETSU/Chattanooga doubleheader on CSS as the men's game between the two teams will also be televised following the women's matchup.

Lady Bucs tabbed fifth: ETSU was picked fifth by Southern Conference coaches in the SoCon preseason coaches poll ... The Lady Bucs finished third last season in the final conference standings.

Southern Conference Preseason Coaches Poll:

Teams (first place votes in parentheses) Votes

Chattanooga (9) 81

UNC Greensboro (1) 71

Furman 64

Georgia Southern 57

East Tennessee State 50

Appalachian State 40

Davidson 26

Wofford 26

Western Carolina 22

College of Charleston 12